Courses & Units

Australian Contemporary Art FST301


This unit is offered in alternate years only.


This unit will provide you with an introduction to key developments in Australian contemporary art from 1970 onwards. You will become familiar with the work of a diverse range of artists, art practices and theoretical debates that emerged during this period, and which were sustained through writing, curatorial practice and institutional support. You will learn about the period by examining key national and international exhibitions such as Perspecta and the Sydney Biennale, and the emergence of postmodern art forms such as installation, environmental art and digital media. The rise of Indigenous art will also be briefly examined. Learning is developed through a series of lectures, presentations, reading group sessions and curatorial exercises.


Unit name Australian Contemporary Art
Unit code FST301
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Teaching staff

Dr Brigita Ozolins, guest lecturers

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

1-hr lecture, 1.5-hr tutorial weekly (13 wks)


Read group presentation (10%),
1250-word exhibition proposal and annotated bibliography (25%);
Illustrated presentation presentation (15%),
2500-word essay & catalogue package (50%)

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